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Jerwin Ancajas Retains IBF Belt, Beats Rodriguez Via Decision


Filipino boxer Jerwin Ancajas retained his IBF world super flyweight belt with a unanimous decision win over Mexican Johnathan Rodriguez on Saturday (Sunday in the Philippines) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

The Panabo City, Davao del Norte-native Ancajas did not show any ring rust after being away for almost a year as he scored a 115-112, 116-111, 117-110 from all the three judges.

Ancajas and Rodriguez both tested themselves in the early goings of the match with the Filipino having a slight edge in terms of aggresiveness but the Mexican also had his opportunities.

The start of the sixth round saw both of them standing toe to toe with Ancajas getting the better end of the exchanges as he connected hard shots to the body.

It was still the same tempo for both fighters in the seventh until Ancajas knocked down Rodriguez at the latter part of the eighth round with a right straight to the body but the latter managed to get up.

Following that fall, Rodriguez had a better showing in the late rounds as Ancajas was showing signs of fatigue but the Mexican’s late rally was not enough to turn the bout around.

Following his ninth successful title defense, Ancajas improved his record to 33-1-2, including 22 stoppage wins, while Rodriguez saw his dropped to 22-2-0, with 16 KO wins.